PORTUGUESE TILES

2021 SOS

AZULEJO PRIZE

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In Portugal, tiles are one of the most engaging examples of the transposition of the scholar culture into architecture, in a permanent dialogue with the world of visual arts.

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Gabriel del Barco, António de Oliveira Bernardes, Nicolau de Freitas and Valentim de Almeida. Browse all posts organized by tile painters.

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The Wise Laughter of Democritus

One of the fables of La Fontaine, illustrated on the tiles of the Royal School of the Monastery of São Vicente de Fora, recounts the story of the philosopher Democritus, who, when contemplating the daily life of his fellow citizens, laughed without ceasing.

The Talking Animals

Literature for the education of young people has a long tradition in Western culture. The tales, the parables, and the verses are so ingrained in the general literature that we often forget that they were conceived with a precise pedagogical purpose.

The Four Ages of Love

With some frequency, gender painting seems to transcend the field of visual arts to reflect changes in social behaviors.

The Tile Painter’s Error

It is with some surprise that we can see some mistakes in the Latin phrases on the tile panels in the rooms of the Espírito Santo College, in Évora, and on the mathematical theorems in the tiles of the Santo Antão-o-Novo College, in Lisbon.

The Laughter of the Monkey World

On the benches that surround the tank of one of the gardens of Quinta dos Marqueses de Fronteira, there is one tile panel with a representation of singeries. It was a satirical image and a invitation to spend free hours, without social constraints, in the garden.

A Black Slave Woman in the Kitchen

The representation of a black slave woman tending a fish in the kitchen of the Sousa Mexia Palace, currently the headquarters of the Lisbon Museum, is an essential complement to the furniture and indicates the form of social occupation of this space.

I Will Move the Earth

In the ensemble that decorates the main hall of Colégio de Santo Antão-o-Novo, in Lisbon, the panel with the representation of a gear system that lifts the weight of the Earth is one of the good examples of transposing an erudite knowledge to eighteenth-century tiles.

Prometheus and the Jesuit Physics

In one of the panels of the Colégio do Espírito Santo classroom, the scientific discipline of Physics is compared with The punishment of Prometheus, a theme with an enormous tradition among humanists since the work of Andrea Alciato.

Science as a Christian Weapon

Both in the panel tiles of the physics class at the Colégio do Espírito Santo and the mathematics class in the Aula da Esfera, the Archimedes weapon established a bridge between the sciences and the successful evangelizing activity of the Jesuits.

The Sacristy as Scenery of Moral and Mystical Allegories

In the sacristy of the Convento de Santo António do Varatojo, we can admire a series of figured tile panels that show a combined program of allegorical compositions from the illustrations of two 17th century influential books of devotional emblems.

The River Acis and the Royal Fishing

Fishing near the Cascata dos Gigantes at Quinta dos Marqueses de Pombal, in Oeiras, was an unusual recreation in the gardens of Portuguese country houses in the eighteenth century.

The Public Order of Time

The clocks of the modern period, despite entirely mechanical, have not forgotten their former dependence on the star at the centre of the Solar System.

Athos Bulcão and the Tiles of Brasília

Despite still being relatively unknown, Athos Bulcão and his artistic legacy left us a demonstration of immense creative potential, which the art tiles medium was only part of a bigger picture.

Midas’ Ears of a Donkey

Poetic contests are one of the main events of courtesan life. In the academies, supported by great aristocrats, the poets get together to recite verses, to praise, and to be awarded.

The Gallant Palace

The presence of a polite, well-dressed, and well-educated society is an essential complement to noble architecture.

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